Humorous, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Bewitching Sloth (Seven Deadly Book 1) / Michelle Gross /

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🍃ARC BOOK REVIEW🍃

Release Date-30th July 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-271 Pages

Reapers are the peacekeepers—the balancers of life and death, good and evil. They’re the police of the Underworld in a way. They keep both worlds balanced just enough so that the King of the Underworld can never escape his prison. 
For the day his reign stretches into the human world, all things good will come to an end. 
This is the story of a dark king who cursed seven siblings with sins, and how far those seven went to protect both worlds from the end of days when an old entity challenged the Dark One’s very reign. 

Isabella Wen has spent the last decade in the human world hiding from the one that turned her touch deadly, made her body a weapon for his own gain.
Sebastian Reaper—bearer of the sin of sloth and the eldest son of the revered Grim Reaper—has spent his entire life fighting to stay awake because of his curse.
When the witch finds the sleepy sloth passed out in the human hospital, they touch and sparks fly. Her touch should have hurt him. Instead, it’s the one thing he’s after.
She thinks her darkness is her undoing. He thinks she’s his cure.
When her past and her future collide, he must choose between duty and heart.
The world or her?

Each book in the series is about a different sibling and their sin, so the romance has an ending in each book. As for the storyline, it’s just getting started

 

 

Bewitching Sloth (Seven Deadly Book 1)

Bewitching Sloth by Michelle Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5 Stars
Arc Book Review
Release Date-30/7/18

I really enjoyed this like so much from the second I picked this up I was invested and enthralled.
“Bewitching Sloth” is a fantastic start to an imaginative new paranormal series that focus on the seven sins.
These sins have been bestowed on the children of the Grim Reaper.
Seven siblings each carrying an individual stain gifted by the devil himself.
This first instalment we join Isabella Wen; a powerful witch who just happens to be on the run from an evil entity and Sebastian Reaper oldest son and keeper of Sloth.
From the onset here we are flung right into the action, in fact, this was manic form the first page.
With incredible one-liners, fantastic world building and incredible humour, this book delivers on all fronts.
Overall this was such an easy read with extremely likeable characters and as an added bonus the side cast was also exceptionally intriguing also; I can honestly say Im looking forward to each and every story that was hinted at here.
“Bewitching Sloth” set the stage here so nicely for the unfolding drama and I am already its avid audience.
I really can’t wait to see what this series is going to bring to the table.
This one’s a no-brainer for me; Read it, you definitely won’t be disappointed; I guarantee you this.
Five very well deserved Stars.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Bewitching Sloth (Seven Deadly Book 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC-Book Review / Fallen Reign (Se7en Sinners #4) / S.L. Jennings /

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🥀ARC-BOOK REVIEW🥀

Release Date-28th March 2018
Genre-Paranormal
Kindle Edition

Yesterday, I had the audacity to imagine a future.

One that didn’t include hunting demons hellbent on destroying humanity or being used as a pawn for my father’s revenge. One comprised of a home and a family and all the things I’d longed for as a broken child.

Then in the blink of a silver speckled eye, my foolish hope was extinguished, and my world came crumbling down.

We stood strong. We fought. We lost.

I lost.

Legion, the demon I dared to love, was gone.

Now I’m going to tear myself in two and do the unthinkable to find him. I’m going to put my trust in his brother—his enemy—and make a deal with the Devil. And while his darkness and depravity echo mine, I know this won’t end well for either of us.

My body may survive, maybe even my soul. I can’t promise the same for my heart. This time, I will not fail. I will not hesitate. And if it comes down to it, I’ll be the weapon I was created to be. I will follow the code of the Se7en and do what I should have done when we had the chance.

Kill one to save a million. 
Kill him to save the world.

 

 

 

Fallen Reign by S.L. Jennings
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS.
ARC-BOOK Review
Release Date-29/3/18

Oh, this book, this book, this book I absolutely adored each and every word, even as it chewed me up inside emotionally and spat me back out, even as I sat there getting strange looks from my partner as tears streamed down my face.

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“Fallen Reign” gutted me, but in such a good way.
Not sure that even makes sense but you will understand what I’m getting at when you experience this fabulous piece of fiction for yourself.
This is hands down my favourite book of the series and it thoroughly deserves its full five stars.
I so want to ramble on about everything that clicked for me here but I cant as this would definitely spoil it for you.
Just let me say that “Fallen Reign” is going to turn everything you think you want from this story and totally turn it on his head.
So let go of your preconceptions and just go with the flow.
This is definitely a one-sitter read so clear your calendar as I guarantee you will not be able to put this down once you start.
This is a fantastic and worthy finale to what has been a great series.
Hopefully, we may get a cameo from these characters in future S.L. Jennings writings.
Or even better a certain someone may get his own HEA. that would be so epic.
Sad to say goodbye to Eden, Legion, Lucifer, the seven and all else who made this series so addictive.
I have a serious book hangover now.
I highly recommend “The seven Sinners” series give it a go if you like your PNR.
Thank You to the Author for proving me with an ARC of ( Fallen Reign (Se7en Sinners, #4) of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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/ ARC-Book Review / Eternal Desire (Siren Coven, #1) / Kim Loraine /

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🧚ARC-BOOK-REVIEW🧚

Release Date-27th February
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-232 Pages

Izzy 
Dying young is tragic. Dying young and being reborn over and over for all eternity? That’s exhausting. My goal had always been to reunite with my sister witches and break the curse put on us. Love was a risk I wasn’t willing to take. It wasn’t worth knowing it’d end in heartbreak. Then a handsome beast found me and took me as his mate. Grant McTavish linked our souls without giving me a choice. Now, with a ticking clock, a shifter pack on the hunt for me and my sisters, and Grant trying to claim my heart, I’ve got to save myself in order to save the man I don’t want to love. 

Grant 
I never thought I’d find my mate. I’ve watched my pack members find theirs time and time again, but for me, it wasn’t an option. I do my job, fight to keep my pack safe, that’s it. But when my beauty walked into my life, there was no stopping my instinct. Izzy is mine, and no curse is going to take her from me. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe. She may think keeping her love from me will keep me alive when her curse takes her, but I know better. We’ll have our happily ever after. I’ll make sure of it. 

Eternal Desire (Siren Coven, #1)

Eternal Desire by Kim Loraine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC-BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-27/2/18

So this is the first book I have read by this author and I found it an enjoyable experience.
Eternal Desire is a Paranormal romance involving Witches and Shifters and arch-angels.
Three witches to be precise.
All cursed to die young because of previous events.
And I’m assuming each sister witch here is going to be given their own particular tale as I noticed further story-lines being set up for at least one of them.
Eternal Fire itself involved Izzy and Grant.
Izzy is a witch and Grant a made shifter with a pack.
These two are like oil and water neither paranormal species usually co-existing also there magic is so different so to find a mate like this is unheard off.
Also to further complicate matters the girls have a price on their head and Grants pack has been tasked with the hit on them.
Also, interwoven into this picture is the love story of Isolde and Tristan the one of legend.
Both were under a previous love spell and in one of Izzy’s past lives, her heart was laid bare and broken from this leaving her unwilling to take a chance on Grant and risk her heart again.
So with her curse hanging over her, Izzy has battened down her hatches.
Unwilling to allow love to break her for the second time.
Tristan himself does pop up here to further stir the pot and muddy the waters.
but Eternal desire mainly involves Grant trying to protect Izzy from his pack.
And Izzy not surprisingly fighting him every step of the way.
So, Grant, I liked but there were times he annoyed me like when he considered giving up Izzy

BAD BAD WOLF!!!

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Izzy I found was very indecisive and I did find this a trifle annoying at times just make up your mind girl.
Overall taking everything into consideration though I did like both main characters.
They were real with quirks and faults that made them seem more human.
I found the storyline here to be easy to follow there were a few inconsistencies in regards to plot like wolves being turned to ash and then resurrected.
But reading another review this is going to be corrected in the finished product.
I was reading an ARC here so was prepared for some minor errors.
I’m assuming this book is part of a bigger series and this is a spin-off, don’t let that put you off this can totally be read as a standalone.
I found this to be a hot read and you could definitely feel the chemistry between Izzy and Grant.
So, in conclusion, this was a fun paranormal read that kept my attention throughout.
I was provided with an ARC of “Eternal Desire (Siren Coven, #1) ” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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/ Book-Review / Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology #1) / T.L. Clark /

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☘BOOK-REVIEW☘

Release Date-27th August 2017
Genre-Paranormal
Kindle Edition-368 Pages

Shakira had never felt at home growing up in Surrey, but as soon as she entered the quaint Welsh village she knew she belonged. Maybe it was because of the welcoming villagers. Or perhaps it was the presence of the others whom she sensed nearby; the ones she saw in her dreams, with their strange glowing eyes.

Fate is not always kind. It gives with one hand and takes with the other. There is a reason she didn’t grow up with her own kind.

A rich tale of witchcraft, fae, sorcery, Elinefae and dragons; this is a story for all who dare to believe.

Now available as a paperback as well as ebook

Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology, #1)Love Bites by T.L. Clark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟STARS
So I absolutely adored Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology, #1) by T.L. Clark and I really can’t wait to get started on the second book.
I can honestly say I don’t think I have ever read anything this different Love Bites has a uniqueness to it that I haven’t seen in a while.
A freshness to a paranormal/fantasy theme that I haven’t encountered before.
I read a lot and can honestly say this is the first time I have encountered this idea.
Here we are dealing with basically evolved felines.
Elinefae to give this race of unique individuals their correct name.
Basically, a race of cat-people who have kept their selves separate from the world almost lost in another time if you regard their lack of technology and how they live in Dens underground.
Clans of Elinefae who are basically forbidden to mix with humans each clan having the aid of a witch.
And into this strict hemisphere of controlled populace comes Shakira searching for something she’s not quite sure of just following her inner psyche until she lands in a small welsh village beginning a journey that has been in the reckoning for nigh on twenty years.
In the process Setting in motion a ball that cannot be stopped in its momentum gathering speed along the way.
Until all of Shakira’s questions are finally answered.
So as I said earlier this is so fresh and unique Love Bites is filled with all sorts of magical creatures a lot would do Kiera harm given the opportunity (Kiera is Shakira’s new chosen name on account of Pryderi being unable to pronounce Shakira.)
Pryderi is?
well, Maybe you should pick this up and give this a go and found out for yourself.
I Guarantee you Pryderi is all sorts of fascinating.
And you so won’t be bored this was such an easy engaging read with fantastic world building and a truly unique experience all-round.
I read this so fast I was that engrossed and lost in this fascinating original world.
So Love Bites is filled with witches, fairies sirens, warlocks the list goes on and on.
This is a magical extravaganza that I really enjoyed and didn’t want to end.
So to finish up this was a great read that I highly recommend.
I was gifted a copy of “Love Bites” (Darkness & Light Duology, #1) from the Author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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/ Book-Review / Wicked Ruin (Se7en Sinners, #3) / S.L. Jennings /

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🧚BOOK-REVIEW🧚

Release Date-26th September 2017
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-253 Pages

The captivating third installment of the Se7en Sinners Series by New York Times Bestselling author, S.L. Jennings.

They say you’re never truly ready for Death until it’s staring you down, its cold, bony fingers outstretched and scratching against your fragile mortality.
I thought I was ready the day my own mother tried to kill me. Perhaps I was ready the moment I was born.
But as I peer into the chilling void of Death, breath shallow and heartbeat sluggish, I know that it can’t end like this. I was made for a purpose.
And that purpose is Legion.
Now that we’re fighting the battle of our lives, a war that could eliminate mankind, I see that purpose as clear as the whorls of dark ink etched in his skin.
Realms are colliding. Alliances are forming. And my heart is being torn in two.
I know the code the Se7en live by.
Kill one to save a million.
But maybe it’s not me who was meant to die.
Maybe it’s the man I thought I could save…the man who once saved me.
The man I was created to kill.

Wicked Ruin (Se7en Sinners, #3)Wicked Ruin by S.L. Jennings

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟🌟STARS
Wicked Ruin (Se7en Sinners, #3) by S.L. Jennings OMG The beginning of this book, what a ride and what a surprise, the person trying to help Eden I was mega shocked at there identity, ultimately helping Eden, even if it was like in a totally batshit crazy way.
Like that was totally overkill but the sentiment was there.
And again OMG!!!! I’m agog this cannot be a good thing in the long run.


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So This book turns everything on its head, Karmas a bitch and now its Eden struggling to keep Her legion to her self and he is definitely not the Demon she has fallen for.

“L is dead. Samael is dead. I was remade—reborn into what I was before. The very thing I’ve hated and rebelled against for centuries. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. However, the great dragon was not called the Devil, as man believed. He was called Legion. “I am the Legion of Lost Souls. And I have risen once again.”

What we have here and now is a much darker Legion one struggling to control his baser instincts and his lost souls are ultimately draining him dry and poisoning his whole self.
What else here, Well Nico is back and I’m loving the friendship between him and Eden.
Adriel is now flesh and I’m really not liking her that much, actually, if I’m honest not at all.
and we also get to see more of the Watcher as well as there hiding out at her mansion, like neutral ground and all.
Lucifer here is a much more complex character, still playing his games but we see a deeper version of himself, which was definitely enlighting.
This instalment was all about the upcoming battle and almost seems like a hopeless cause with the odds stacked against them.
So “Wicked Ruin” as in previous books ends with a cliffy and it’s a biggie.
The car crash rush to the finish was horrifying and tragic to behold and I was glued to the very last line, it was so riveting I couldn’t look away.

I will leave you with this quote from Eden and this pretty much sums up the whole ending here.

This is what I was created for. To betray. To destroy. To kill. I am the weapon to make Legion fall to his knees. And I’ve just been activated.

What a finish I need that next book like NOW!!!!

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/ Book-Review / End of Eden (Se7en Sinners #2) / S.L. Jennings /

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🌹BOOK-REVIEW🌹

Release Date-25th February 2017
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-261 Pages

I thought I knew what Hell was like.
I thought I had been living it all these years on Earth—abandoned, forgotten, and left with a dangerous secret that not only made me the Se7en’s #1 target but also turned me into a deadly weapon, a threat to every human in my path.
I was wrong.

In order to survive Lucifer’s plans for me, and his unquenchable thirst for more power, I have to surrender my humanity. I have to lose a part of myself in order to find my way back to him.
Back to the demon who saved me, only to break me.
Back to Legion.

But even supreme evil has its limits, and the real foes never show their devastatingly beautiful faces.
Forget fire and brimstone. They aren’t shit compared to what’s coming.

Centuries-old bonds will be broken. Unlikely alliances will be forged. And innocent blood will be spilled. Blood that will stain my hands for the rest of my mortal days.

I thought I knew what Hell was like.
I was wrong.
Hell is coming.
Hell is just the beginning.

End of Eden (Se7en Sinners, #2)End of Eden by S.L. Jennings

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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So End of Eden (Se7en Sinners, #2) starts where Born Sinner leaves off and I was gagging to start this after the shocking conclusion to book one.
So Eden is In hell with Lucifer and feeling betrayed her heart broken from the revelations of the previous book.
And Lucifer is quite prepared to use this to his advantage.
here in hell, he reigns supreme and Eden is struggling to contain her revulsion at the antics prevalent in the underworld.
While at the same time feeling a sick pull and attraction to this dark depraved world and its wicked master.


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He is the epitome of everything I hate and want, all dressed up in a tuxedo that looks like it was stitched, piece by sumptuous piece, onto his gorgeous frame.

Lucifer wants Eden as his bride and baby mama and her only friend and confidant at this time is Nikolai Skotos who while playing his role of debauched wingman to Lucifer is also helping Eden at the risk of his own safety.
Legion is coming to rescue Eden of that there is no doubt, but she herself seems the only one confused and mistrustful of this fact that is set in concrete.
And come he does, in dramatic style swooping in to rescue his love, what a hero, be still my beating heart.
And this is where I struggled slightly, I found Eden’s constant yo-yoing in her affections and self-sabotaging behaviour annoying and immature and quite frankly at times a bit ungrateful.
This slightly affected my overall enjoyment here.
As I just felt there was no need for Edens constant angst and she was treating Legion a tad unfairly.
Poor Legion was so confused, unsure what he had done wrong and no matter how much he reassured Eden it was her he wanted, she said one thing but ultimately thought another.

“Eden, you have to believe that my feelings for you have nothing to do with Adriel. My interest in you existed long before I even knew she inhabited your body. And what grew between us from that point on was born from something much greater than anything I could have ever imagined. You did something that your mortal world has failed to for centuries: you surprised me. And just that simple, human act has invoked emotions that had lain dormant since my fall from grace. What this is…what we are…it’s bigger than the both of us, firecracker. That is why I claimed you.”

 

“You’re more, Eden. You’re everything I’ve been searching for—fighting for. You’re my heaven.”

“I didn’t fall from Heaven for Adriel. I fell because of her. But I would fall…for you. If I had to do it all again, I would fall for you, Eden.”

So I just really felt for Legion here and wanted him to get the girl in “End of Eden” L really wears his heart on his sleeve and it’s beautiful to behold.
But with Eden keeping secrets and basically on a different page altogether things were bound to come to a head and I just felt for him like massively.
“End of Eden” finishes again on a big cliffhanger and I was so glad I could just pick up the next instalment and carry on reading.
Though I struggled at times here with Edens personality this was still by far an excellent engrossing experience.
This is such an imaginative world that is so easy to get lost in and I am so looking forward to the next book in this thrilling saga.


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🧚‍♂️Book-Review🧚‍♂️A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2)🧚‍♂️by Laura Thalassa🧚‍♂️

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Release Date-May 26th 2017
Genre-Romantic Fantasy
Publisher-Lavabrook Publishing Group
Kindle Edition-324 Pages

Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.

A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2)A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟STARS.
So A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa is the second book in the fantastic (The Bargainer, #2) series.
So we are back in the Fae world of Desmond Flynn AKA The Bargainer and King of the night and Callypso Lillis the human siren and Desmond’s love.
We enter this story right where we left this after the shocking events of the first book.

You can find my review of Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) Here
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…

So where was I, Oh yes the end of book one after Callies kidnapping and escape and her new body accessories which I love the idea off by the way.
So, Callie is now stuck in Otherworld, much to the relish of her delighted mate Des.
In the fae lands and here to stay as his queen if her trickster fairy mate has his way of it, which he usually does.
So This second book in the bargainer series is much more focused on the relationship between Callie and Des and I loved this aspect completely.
It’s also very apparent throughout “A Strange Hymn” the depth of feeling between these two lovers and it’s so precious to behold in its entirety.

I take his face in my hands and silence him with a kiss. This love between us is bigger than him, bigger than me. “From flame to ashes, dawn to dusk, for the rest of our lives, be mine always, Desmond Flynn,” I whisper against his lips, reciting the same words that first took him away from me. They still hold the same wonderful, fearful power they did when I first spoke them, even after paying my tithe for them. Des draws me closer, pulls me in tighter. I keep forgetting that beyond his cockiness and power, there’s a part of him that’s vulnerable, unsure. I said those words to him seven years ago, but seven years is a long time to go without hearing them—an eternity for two soulmates. I feel him shudder against me as he responds, “Till darkness dies.”

 

“When I close my eyes, all I see is the shape of your face and the brightness of your smile. You are the stars in my dark sky, cherub.” That isn’t at all what I expected to come out of his mouth. My heart, I’m finding, is simply not big enough to hold everything I feel for this man.

Makes my heart hurt to behold, sigh.


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So as I said this instalment is set in the world of the fae and after Callie’s best friend Temper makes a dramatic entrance further upsetting relations between The Bargainer’s night court and other factions of the Fae.
Desmond now really has little choice in his decision to attend the summer solstice held in the Flora court.
An event he has been trying to avoid due to there view and stance on humans and the little fact his mate happens to be one.
So it’s off to Solstice for the whole Night Court and almost instantly its apparent that Callie has a target on her back from previous events.


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The mystery of the sleeping warrior woman and creepy ass kids is still prevalent throughout all the Fae kingdoms and suspicion is rife, with each faction believing and suspecting each other of trickery and secrets.
There is also the ongoing issue of the disappearing male Fae to solve.
Each pointing the finger at each other for this.

We get a bit more of an insight into The Bargainers past, as he finally opens up to Callie, we get to realise just what has shaped this Fae king into the man or Fairy he is today.
it’s also becomes quite apparent why fairy and supernatural alike fear this Dark Fae king as we are given many more demonstrations into the strength of Des’s Power as he struggles with his need to shield and protect his mate from those who would do her harm.

Solstice expectations: everyone shall set aside their quarrels for this week, hold hands, and sing kumbaya. Solstice reality: everyone shall come within an inch of death at least once. Fairies everywhere in the room begin to panic as darkness cloaks our surroundings. I feel the breath of a hundred different types of magic trying to illuminate the room only to be snuffed out by Des’s power. Along the walls, I hear the sound of plants rustling. It takes several seconds for me to realize that they’re withering, dying. “Before there were plants before there were animals before there was even light, there was darkness,” Des says, his voice silky smooth. “From that darkness, all of our deepest desires and most secret fears were born. And I know all of yours. Perhaps I should share them

Des is totally the Fairy bomb.He is bad ass to the bone, totally fairy fangirling here.
So in A Strange Hymn as events finally convene we are at last given some answers only for others to arise in their place.
And as we are given closure we are also left anticipating the next instalment of this addictive series,
I for one can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.
Give this a go, this is such a fabulous series that I can’t recommend enough.
A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer, #2) is currently free with a KU subscription.


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🌺Book Review🌺 of Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1)🌺by Laura Thalassa🌺

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Release Date-November 15th 2016
Genre-Romantic Fantasy
Publisher-Lavabrook Publishing Group
Kindle Edition-326 Pages

Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1)Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Oh, My Giddy Aunt!!! I bloody loved this book, This was soooo good Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1) by Laura Thalassa was a delight to behold and has been on my TBR pile for a while, well it was well worth the anticipated wait let me tell you.
Begging the question why did I leave this so long to pick up and read, god bloody knows.
This is actually not my first Laura Thalassa book, I have previously read and loved The Fallen World Trilogy but I had forgotten just how gripping her books are so I was in for a big treat.
So Rhapsodic basically tells the tale of Callypso Lillis a human Siren and Desmond Flynn AKA The Bargainer and King of the night.
Callie has tried to forget The Bargainer after having her heart broken into two she wants no more of deep meaningful relationships, but when a certain Des Flynn comes back into her life regarding the armful of debts she still owes, Callie is coerced into helping the King of the night with his tasks, first little things like decorating his guest bedroom and then more important tasks like glamoring certain human changelings with her siren powers for information.
Things are occurring in the Otherworld and Des needs Callies help in unravelling the mystery.
Or is that just an excuse to get closer to the intoxicating Siren.
So, First Rhapsodic is told from Callie’s POV which normally isn’t my favourite but here seemed to work, though I would have liked to maybe get more of an insight into Desmond’s head also.
Second, this is told in alternate flashbacks of present time and the past, I don’t have an issue with this but I know some don’t like this writing style so thought I’d mention.
And finally, I found Both the main characters here to be extremely likeable individuals.
So this book, hand on heart I am completely in love with Des, Desmond of the sexy wings, long white blonde hair, bad ass attitude and third most wanted on the supernatural shit list.
His sexy ass is so delectably scrumptious and I was drooling.

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Callie, I liked also though at times her internal monologue could be a tad irritating.
I would also have liked her to have a greater appreciation for Desmond’s single-minded devotion towards her, his steadfastness with Callie is beautiful to perceive.
And I sometimes get the impression that Callie herself doesn’t quite give the same level of herself back, maybe its because at heart she is actually only human while Desmond himself is just more.
An overpowering concept to actually behold in all its entirety.
Though Callie is absolutely kick-ass in her bravery and her courage is a sight to behold.
She actually makes a fitting mate to The Night King.
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Out of the two, I have to admit to being slightly more enchanted by our Bargainer, what can I say I’m such a girl at heart.
There was no OW here and though we had an OM for like ten seconds with Callie at the beginning (The werewolf) this was very quickly resolved with minimal angst for all.
Well, the Wolf did chew up and destroy Callie’s home but Des contained him there with his magic.
The other main secondary character was Callie’s best friend Temper, we didn’t get to see that much of her here so I am hoping to maybe get to know her better in the future as she seemed all sorts of interesting and diverse.
I don’t want to give away to much here so will just say that Rhapsodic has plenty of action and is truly a captivating enchanting tale.
Half the book is spent on earth and the rest in Otherworld with the fae.
The underlying mystery here with the sleeping maidens and them creepy-ass kids adds an extra layer to the story.
I also really loved the ending here, it was so unexpected but such genius and it definitely left me wanting much more.
As such, I am now really looking forward to book two in this series.
So This book completely worked for me and I would definitely recommend this if you like your fantasy with a touch of romance like myself, there’s just something about Fae royalty that sooo gets my blood pumping like madly.
So give this a go folks, it’s a really fab read and I do hope you enjoy as much as moi.
Rhapsodic is available free with a KU subscription.

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Dystopian, Paranormal, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

🌼ARC-Book-Review🌼 Year One (Chronicles of The One #1)🌼 by Nora Roberts🌼

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Release Date-5th December 2017
Genre-Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal Suspense
Publisher-St. Martin’s Press
Kindle Edition-432 Pages

In her newest work, the stunning beginning to an epic hardcover trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves an enthralling saga of suspense, survival, and the journey that will unite a desparate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

The sickness came on suddenly and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practising in the loft apartment she share with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most. As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travellers are heading west too, into a new frontier. 

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a saviour, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain. 

The end has come. The beginning comes next

Year One (Chronicles of The One #1)Year One by Nora Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS
So it’s safe to say Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts was one I was really looking forward to I was really excited when I got the ARC of this, like jumping up and down excited.
That is until I started and realised what a slog this was going to be for me.
Not because this was awful, it so wasn’t, It was just I couldn’t gel and was actually finding reading this a chore.
Anyone who knows’s me knows I devour books in one sitting and this took me eleven days to get finished which is a lot for me.
So Year one is a post-apocalyptic supernatural exstravaganza.
And this may have been my issue I would have prefered one or the other, for me, the two together didn’t quite work.
“Year one” shows the breakdown in society when a virus labelled DOOM! decimates the worldwide population.
As the world, as we know it, starts to disintegrate new factions spring up clawing there way out of the resulting chaos.
Of the five million dead, Mankind and the newly emerged magic kind, regroup into factions of light versus dark.
The wickedness of mankind, that has previously hidden behind a persona, soon becomes apparent in the decimated population left behind.
And It’s also a new world filled with all sorts of magical creatures both light and dark.
“Year One” itself follows different cloisters of individuals, analysing their daily struggles as they ultimately all eventually convene in the collective effort of the town they have aptly named “New Hope”.
I’m not entirely sure why I struggled so much with this as Year One was very well written and I have also enjoyed various Nora Roberts works before.
analysing it I think it may have been the hopping between characters that was an issue for me. although I do understand why it was done this way, Pieces of a puzzle all eventually connecting.
All roads ultimately leading to New Hope.
But I found this style of writing had me ultimately failing to connect with the characters.
As soon as I had sat down and got comfy things were changing directions for me it was making me giddy all the swift changes involved here.
I also found the many different individuals introduced somewhat confusing to behold, I would have to stop and think or check back pages to work out who they were.
I found this aspect very distracting indeed.
But despite my gripes, I did finish this I’m just not yet sure if I’m invested enough to continue on to the next book in this series.
On the one hand, I would really like to see what happens next in regards to Lana, but I’m just not sure that I’m invested enough to keep me going. I will have to decide nearer to the time.
Year One, I imagine will be a solid hit with many, for me, it just failed to live up to my expectations.
Thank You to NetGalley for proving me with an ARC of Year One by Nora Roberts of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Fantasy, Historical, Reviews

🌺Review Of Woven by Bree Moore🌺

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Release Date-1st August 2017
Publisher-Phase Publishing
Genre-Historical Fantasy
Kindle Edition-381 Pages

For thirty years, Elaina has sat in her tower, fingers caught in an eternal dance, cursed to weave the tapestry of life on her loom. Bound by an enchanted mirror whose magic shows her the distant lives of the people of Camelot, she must forever watch a land which remains ever beyond her reach. Elaina despairs that she will ever experience more than just the shadows of life, until one day a face appears in the mirror that will change her life, and possibly her fate, forever.

Guinevere is losing her mind. When a severe injury to her head nearly kills her and awakens alternate personalities suppressed from her past, Guinevere learns that one of them is plotting with a knight of the round table to murder King Arthur and take control of Camelot. In the midst of war, Guinevere fights to save both her own life and the man she loves, each day coming closer to succumbing to the violent personalities within her.

Inspired by Arthurian legend and Lord Alfred Tennyson’s ballad, “The Lady of Shalott”, Woven spins a tale of two women who must risk everything to save those they love most into an epic of enchantment, love, and madness.

WovenWoven by Bree Moore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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🌟🌟🌟🌟 STARS
I Loved Woven, Bree Moore has taken an old legend that we all know and love and put her own fresh twist on it.
It was just so easy to lose yourself in the vivid history that was portrayed between these pages.
So Woven, of course, tells the story of that famous love triangle between Guinevere, Arthur and Lancelot.
Except, in this case, Guinevere seems to be suffering from multiple personality disorder.
She hears voices and the main one seems to occur whenever she is near Lancelot, causing fainting and passing out from Guinevere.
It’s soon apparent that these two have some sort of connection to Morgan Le Fey and Mordred.
But Guinevere herself finds she is drawn romantically in Arthurs direction.
Which obviously in itself comes with its own set of unique issues.
Meanwhile, imprisoned in her tower cursed to weave the tapestry of life, desperate for freedom Elaina enters this tale.
Unbeknown to them all, their stories are intertwined in love and life, ready to play out before the reader’s eyes.
So firstly as I mentioned before Woven is extremely rich in history and sets such a believable tapestry. I could almost smell and feel the history involved, so much research has so obviously gone on here. and it works Bree Moore has brought this legend to vibrant life.
and even know roughly knowing the way this was going to play out I still found myself wishing I could tweak the outcomes, I was obviously facing, so invested was I in this fascinating tale.
This story flowed well and easily kept my attention throughout and the characters involved felt fresh and not recycled, not an easy job when reselling a story that has been told so often so a very well done to the author herself for this feat, I was impressed.
The females I found especially, were such strong individuals, showing up there male counterparts completely.
Merlin was the only male I generally liked here, he was the only one I felt had a core of genuine integrity.
It was ironic really all the honour and loyalty that was bandied around by the men when it was the woman themselves that were the towers of strength and steadfastness.
This really was a joy to read. The way this tale was narrated with multiple personality inputs was great, it gave a very rounded portrayal of all involved here.
I just wish there could have been a happier outcome for our fair ladies, I know, I know, it’s the way the legend play’s out, but this is a fable and as such I think is open to interpretation, so why not tweak the outcome, stack the deck and give all involved a much happier ever after.
That is except for maybe Arthur and Lancelot, I really didn’t like these two very much, a pair of douchbags in my modern day opinion, the females portrayed here got totally shafted, big style, by these two.
This legend so needs a rewrite with a proper ending for the girls, give them a break jeez.
So if you like your stories rich in history and steeped in legend then this is the book for you.
But before I go a warning Woven contains sexual assault and rape scenes if this at all is a trigger for you please do avoid.
The scenes are in keeping with the story and it’s not there for shock value, this is the days of old when times were different and woman were chattel, but it’s there, all the same, so just thought you should be made aware before reading.
So that’s it for me, Thank you to the author Bree Moore for providing me with a copy of Woven.
This is my own free and honest opinion.

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